The gambling industry will argue that it does not target the so-called problem gamblers. However, as shown by the Productivity Commission report, these gamblers accounted for just over one third or $3.8 billion of the nation's gambling losses in 1997/98.
We don't have problem gamblers, we have problem machines in a problem industry. People are up against a very manipulative industry that uses every design trick in the world to expoloit the vulneralbe into feeding their voracious machines.
The National Academies of Science found that "pathological gamblers engage in destructive behaviors: they commit crimes, they run up large debts, they damage relationships with family and friends, and they kill themselves."
"Illegal sports betting is the blood of organized crime -- even more than drugs -- and we have seven organized crime families in New Jersey."
"I think gambling is good as a social outlet . . . but it should be confined" and not readily available to people every day, Thompson said. "I don't (think) the Las Vegas Strip model is bad or the tourist model in Reno is bad . . . but as a local commodity, I think it should really be limited."
"Casinos are the 'forbidden fruit' for children"
Some state governments have called for a "Gambling Awareness Day." Imagine our government responding to the Bridgestone/Firestone/Ford Explorer tragedy with no hearings, no investigation and no recall; just a "Rollover Awareness Day."